Polisport has been awarded with the PME-Innovation prize, attributed in a partnership between COTEC and BPI Bank, and having as media sponsor Público newspaper.
The trophy was given on the 4th meeting of the PME Innovation Network and it was highlighted with the presence of Aníbal Cavaco Silva, the President of the Republic of Portugal.
On the previous year, Polisport had already been greeted with an Honourable Mention at the 2009 PME-Innovation award and, this year, it has received the highest recognition attributed to Portuguese companies that are perceived as referential in technological aspects, among all the Portuguese entrepreneurial community.
The President of the Republic mentioned that "small to medium-sized innovative companies (PMEs) are one the most powerful forces in the transformation of society.
The contribution of such companies is the only path towards the consolidation of a new model for Portuguese economy", putting into context the role of the PMEs within our national productive workforce.
Artur Santos Silva, President of the Jury of the PME-Innovation COTEC award and a member of the Administration Board of the BPI Bank, explained that Polisport achieved one of the highest Innovation Score levels among the participant companies, demonstrating a superior capability in the implementation of processes and to take decisions that influence the effectiveness of technological innovation, with significant profits in its results.
For the first time, a company related to the earliest stages of production of accessories for the "two-wheels" industry is recognized within its territory for its capabilities on technological innovation.
In this field, Polisport embraced a leading role on the "two-wheels" market, through the production of plastic parts using the IPD patented technology, which has made it possible for the fusion of graphics in several components to become a reality. This technology has paved the way to the supplying of innumerable parts for the main European motorbike manufacturers such as BMW, KTM, Husqvarna, Gas Gas and Suzuki (Europe), to name some.
COTEC is an entrepreneurial association founded in 2003 with the main goal of promoting the competitiveness while using the practice of a creative and innovative culture among companies that are established in Portuguese territory and that gathers, to this day, 141 associated members.